Wednesday’s High School Baseball Roundup: Gunn, Brannon Combine to Stop North Clarion

| May 18, 2017

Nolan Brannon Cranberry 2SENECA, Pa. (D9Sports) – Andrew Gunn and Nolan Brannon combined to allow just one run, as Cranberry squeaked past visiting North Clarion, 2-1.

(Photo: Nolan Brannon, Cranberry)

Gunn started and went four innings to get the win. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks. Brannon then picked up the save going three innings allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three.

Trevor Gladin was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Berries, while Gunn also drove in a run and Brandon Forrest doubled and scored.

Logan Minich was 2-for-3 with a run scored for North Clarion, while Noah Meyers had the RBI and Korey Mills and Matson Higgins each chipped in with two singles.

Meyers took the loss going four innings allowing two runs, both in the second inning, on two hits and five walks while striking out four.


FRANKLIN, Pa. – Connor Rakow scored on an error on a ball hit by Zach Baughman in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Franklin beat Grove City, 9-8.

The Knights found themselves down 8-7 after a four-run sixth inning by Grove City but tied the game with a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a bases-loaded walk to Alex Billingsley.

Trey Weaver led Franklin going 2-for-4 with a triple, a double, two walks, a run scored and two RBIs. Rakow was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and three runs scored, while Billingsley went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Baughman was also 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs.

Carter Chinn was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs for Grove City with Logan Minich going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and an RBI.

Brendon Gordon got the win going 3 2/3 inning of scoreless relief allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four. Justis Docherty started and worked 3 1/3 innings allowing three runs, one earned, on one hit and four walks while striking out three. Weaver took over going two innings allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits.


KNOX, Pa. – Keystone rallied from a 9-8 deficit with a five-run sixth inning then held off an A-C Valley rally to close out its season with a 13-12 win over the visiting Falcons.

Trailing 9-8 and with two outs in the sixth, the Panthers proceeded to put seven men in a row on base.

After a pair of A-C Valley errors extended the inning, Austin Ion made the Falcons pay with a two-run, go-ahead double that put Keystone up 10-9. Following a Corey Rapp single, Brooks LaVan doubled home two more, and Brodi Switzer followed with a double of his own to make 13-9.

The Falcons tried to rally in the seventh and scored three times thanks to a two-run single by Lucas Larimore and Jeff Ginn base hit.

But with runners on first and second and one out, Corey Rapp, who started the game going 2 ⅓ before being replaced by LaVan, came back onto the hill to replace Dawson Steele and got Aaron Busch to fly out to center and Lane Chalmer to pop out to shortstop to earn a very unconventional save.

Rapp’s final line was three innings (73 pitches), four runs, three earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out two. Steele got the win going 2 ⅓ innings allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out two. LaVan went 1 ⅔ innings allowing three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out three.

Switzer hit a home run and doubled for the Panthers and was 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Ion doubled while going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI with LaVan going 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, and Rapp added a double while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Steele also was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.


BUTLER, Pa. – Lake Pry and Derek Brown combined to two-hit Union, as Moniteau beat the visiting Golden Knights, 5-1, at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.

Pry went six innings allowing an unearned run on two hits and four walks while striking out 10. He left after reaching 100 pitches (101). Brown finished off going a scoreless seventh walking two and striking out two.

Jake Jewart and Hunter Fitzingo combined to provide the offense for the Warriors both going an identical 2-for-3 with a walk each, a run scored each and an RBI apiece.

Lucas Bowser took the loss going three innings allowing five runs, four earned, on two hits and eight walks while striking out three. Dana Logue then went three scoreless innings allowing two hits and six walks while striking out three.

Isaac Yoder and Quinton Weaver had Union’s hits. Reice Saylor scored for the Golden Knights.

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